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The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery

Introducing The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery, The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery Guide.
Article from Hong Kong Tourism Board

Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.

The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.

Opposite the statue, the The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong's most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed "the Buddhist World in the South". Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents. You can also enlighten your appetite at their popular vegetarian restaurant.

Quick Facts on The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery

• Name: The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery
• Location: Downtown Hongkong
• Phone: +852 28076543
• Best Time to Visit: September to February of the next year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 4 Hours
• Opening Hours: The Big Buddha: 09:00-17:00, and The Po Lin Monastery: 09:00-18:30
• Admission Fee: Free

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